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This week’s prompt was books to pull you out of a reading slump, which is ironic, because last month I got kind of slumpy myself. Honestly this is going to be a tough one for me, because when I hit a reading slump, I don’t reach for a particular book – I change genres. HOWEVER, there are definitely some that have stood out to me as being the best EVER for pulling me out of slumps! Here they are, in no particular order.
ONE: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
This book instantly came to mind when I first saw the prompt. I absolutely adored this book, and it is a perfect read to break a reading slump! It’s cute, a little smutty, a fast read, and just long enough to read in a day or two. Seriously, if you are hitting a slump, try this one out.
TWO: Sadie by Courtney Summers
I actually just finished reading an ARC of this book, and in my opinion it is perfect for getting out of a slump, especially if you’ve been drowning in fantasy like I have. This book is told partly by podcast and partly from Sadie’s perspective, and it really keeps you guessing until the last page. I couldn’t put it down. If you liked the podcast Serial, this is the book for you.
It’s a little odd for me to include a fantasy book on this list, mainly because my slump is just from being buried in SO MUCH FANTASY. But come on, y’all. This book is my heart. The witty dialogue, the cast of characters, the HEIST. It doesn’t get much better than this.
FOUR: My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton
What’s not to love about a witty, paranormal retelling of Jane Eyre? This book is adorable, funny, plus has some really clever parallels. My dearest wish is that these three ladies never stop writing books together.
In my opinion, the best book to break you out of a reading slump is a quick read that gives you all the feels. Don’t make the same mistake I did by waiting to read this book. I cannot stress this enough. This book will give you so many feels, your feels will have feels.
SIX: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
I feel like Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster series will always be one of my guilty pleasures. I fully acknowledge that the writing isn’t great and the storylines lack originality, but I just cannot get enough of those Maddox boys. Plus, I love how Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster give you both sides of the story.
SEVEN: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
While a majority of my list here is contemporary books, I also on occasion reach for mystery/thrillers when trying to get out of a slump. I love getting that feeling where I HAVE to know what happens, and I love it even more when I think I know the twist and I am so so wrong. Big Little Lies is a phenomenal book that kept me guessing until the very last page. I stayed up reading this book late into the night so I could see what happened. You will not regret giving this book a try.
EIGHT: The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
Again with the guilty pleasures. I’m not a huge Sparks fan, but every now and then you just need a good cry, and I don’t know a better book for that than The Last Song. If you REALLY need a good cry, or you just want to stare at Liam Hemsworth, I also recommend following it up with the movie, because who doesn’t love old school Miley Cyrus?
NINE: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I feel like I’m going to get some hate for this choice, but hear my out. We all went through that nostalgic dystopian phase. I was OBSESSED with this series when it came out – I remember sitting down one day and not getting up until I had finished rereading this book, right before the first movie came out. Sometimes when you’re in a slump, it’s best to go back to an oldie but a goodie to help you through.
TEN: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
I feel like this is a given and I don’t even have to explain this choice.
What books or genres do you like best to get you out of a slump? I’m definitely open to suggestions!